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OhioHealth’s Freestanding Emergency Department Network Selects Dr. Thomas J. Gavin, MD, MBA as Medical Director

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Thomas J. Gavin, MD, MBA, has been named medical director for the new OhioHealth freestanding emergency department (FSED) network. Dr. Gavin will serve as a key partner for Duane Perry, CENP, MBA, BSN, RN, director of the FSED clinical operations. As a member of the leadership team for the central Ohio FSED network, Dr. Gavin will serve as the liaison between OhioHealth leadership and Mid-Ohio Emergency Services (MOES).

Dr. Gavin brings a wealth of knowledge to OhioHealth, having extensive leadership experience within MOES and OhioHealth. Since 2012, he has served as medical director of the OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus Emergency Care Center, providing outstanding and innovative leadership for the first, non-hospital based Emergency Department in the OhioHealth system. Dr. Gavin’s experience also includes his role as medical director of quality at OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, as well as clinical responsibilities at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus Emergency Care Center.

Dr. Gavin is a thoughtful leader, communicator and relationship builder. He exhibits a passion and clear vision for the potential for the OhioHealth FSED network to transform emergency care in central Ohio.

 

OhioHealth Emergency Medical Services welcomes Dr. Gavin to the OhioHealth FSED network. His physician and emergency department experience and that as an EMS Medical Director with the Genoa Township Fire Department in Gelena, Ohio will support him well in this new role. Congratulations!

Grant Medical Center Temporary Trauma Room Changes Effective November 14, 2016 at 0700

EMS NOTICE
Grant Medical Center
Temporary Trauma Room Changes

Due to the beginning of our ED renovations,
effective Monday, November 14, 2016 at 0700 hours
all trauma alerts will be managed in ED rooms 46 and 47.

The trauma bay will be closed for construction until further notice.

We look forward to new and expanded spaces in Spring 2017!
Thanks for your patience as we grow to serve our patient needs.

Congratulations to the Center for Blood Conservation at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in celebration of its 10th anniversary

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The Center for Blood Conservation (CBC) at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center celebrated its 10th anniversary in October. The CBC at Grant is the only adult blood conservation center in the region and is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients who wish to avoid using donor blood during medical and surgical procedures.

The CBC has worked with a steadily increasing number of patients over the past 10 years, and now averages about 100 patients each month. In FY16, the center served 1,160 patients who did not want to receive blood transfusions or blood products because of religious beliefs or other reasons.

Abby Retterer, MSEd, LSW, program coordinator for the CBC, arranges patient referrals to physicians at Grant and supervises patient admissions and transfers from outside facilities.

“Abby is in constant contact with the blood conservation patients throughout their stay at Grant and helps to ensure their no-blood wishes are followed,” said Norman Smyke, Jr., MD, medical director for the CBC.

The CBC at Grant informs patients of all the no-blood options available and directly involves them in the decision-making process of their care. A.J. Campbell, MD, was one of the first surgeons to work with blood conservation patients at Grant. Now, over 100 Grant physicians participate in the program and are able to use cutting-edge bloodless medicine techniques.

Bloodless medicine or blood conservation leads to better patient outcomes.  Blood transfusions carry the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections, immunologic reactions and fluid and iron overload. There is also a higher risk of postoperative complications including bacterial infections, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and blood clots.

“We have achieved a ‘culture change’ at Grant,” said Dr. Smyke. “Associates are educated about blood conservation and understand patients’ no-blood wishes.”

Moving forward, a goal of the CBC at Grant is to educate more patients and healthcare professionals in the community about the program and available no-blood options. Dr. Smyke says the center also wants to continue to reduce the amount of blood products needed by all patients, including patients who will accept blood transfusions. This ensures patients are receiving the best care possible.

 

OhioHealth EMS welcomes 100th paramedic class, reflects on program’s rich history

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Did you know that central Ohio’s only hospital or health system-based EMS school is right here at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center?
The school, located on the Grant campus, was founded in 1983 and has been entirely supported by Grant, and now by OhioHealth, since day one. It’s run by OhioHealth Emergency Medical Services and offers both emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic classes.
Recently, the school reached a meaningful milestone – its 100th paramedic class. The 19 students started class on Friday, September 2, and will graduate in November 2017.

We provide many unique learning opportunities for our students, said Holly Herron, DNP, RN, Paramedic, system EMS program director. We are able to provide a great variety of experiences, and that leads to a more rounded education for our students, meaning it’s easier for them to apply those skills and succeed when it’s time for their certification exam.
The nationally-accredited paramedic school currently has a 100 percent pass rate for the exam, which is well above both the state and national average. Since the school was founded, it has graduated over 2,000 paramedics.
As a health system-based program, it offers students many advantages that come along with the real-life, hands-on setting a hospital provides. Students spend approximately 50 hours in the Emergency Department at Grant with their clinical instructor, performing tasks like drawing blood for lab work and starting IVs. They even have the opportunity to observe traumas and work on skills like intubation in our operating rooms – experiences that paramedic students wouldn’t normally have. They spend time in many other areas of the hospital, including Labor and Delivery and the ICU, to get a sense of what patients they may treat are experiencing and what patients experience after paramedics deliver them safely to the hospital.
We’re proud of our graduates and what they’re able to achieve, said Barb Dean, BSN, RN, OhioHealth EMS program manager. Many of them have gone on to become high ranking officers or fire chiefs in the central Ohio community. OhioHealth continues to make important contributions to the education of those who keep our communities safe, and that’s something we’re proud of.

Congratulations to Dr. Shay O’Mara, OhioHealth System Chief, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

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As OhioHealth has grown as a system, we remain committed to trauma care in the communities we serve. Trauma and acute care is such an important part of what we do – serving patients at a critical, vulnerable, time in their lives. That is why we have created a new system role to lead our trauma and acute care surgery across OhioHealth.

Michael (Shay) O’Mara, MD, MBA, FACS will lead that effort as system chief, trauma and acute care surgery for OhioHealth with oversight of trauma and acute care surgery for the OhioHealth system. Dr. O’Mara will continue to serve in his current role as medical director, trauma services, for OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and as a trauma surgeon at Grant and OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He will soon receive privileges and participate at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital to help better support their program.

Under Dr. O’Mara’s leadership at Grant, the hospital was re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center in 2015. Grant Level I Trauma is the busiest trauma center in the state with a national reputation of excellence. During Dr. O’Mara’s time as medical director there, the program has experienced expansive growth, with trauma patients now coming from 55 Ohio counties.

Dr. O’Mara has been with OhioHealth since 2012. He came to Columbus from Sutter Medical Center and the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, where he held several roles including chief, general surgery and medical director, acute care surgery. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa.

Congratulations to Dr. O’Mara.